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Live snakes and more for summer library programs


    Don’t miss Jason Clark with Southeastern Snake Encounter at the Pickens County Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

Live Snakes @ Southeastern Snake Encounter
    This is one event that you won’t want to miss! Snakes of all kinds are coming to the library this Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Southeastern Reptile Rescue will teach us about different snakes and reptiles in this fun and educational program. Live snakes will be present. Children of all ages are invited to attend; 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This program is sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club.

State Patrol gears up for Memorial Day weekend patrols


     (ATLANTA)—Georgia State Troopers are preparing for patrols during the peak travel times this coming holiday weekend.  The 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends at midnight on Memorial Day.  Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers will be conducting road checks, high visibility patrols, and concentrated patrols across the state during the holiday period watching for impaired drivers, seat belt use violators, and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash.
     Colonel McDonough said troopers will not only be patrolling the interstates but the secondary roads as well.  During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 326 traffic crashes that resulted in 278 injuries, and 6 traffic fatalities.  Statewide last year, law enforcement officers reported 16 traffic deaths during the holiday period.  “We want to make holiday travel as safe as possible," he added.  In addition to the traffic crash investigations last year, troopers arrested 301 people for driving under the influence while issuing 6,621 citations and 9,321 warnings.
    Troopers report that speed, a lack of occupant protection use, and impaired drivers are the leading contributing factors in a majority of the fatal traffic crashes that they investigate.  While traveling this weekend, motorists should be alert, patient, and courteous to one another to help prevent crashes. Traffic will be heavier than normal due to traffic from graduation ceremonies, festivals, and vacation travelers adding to the normal weekend traffic flow. Colonel McDonough reminds all drivers to make sure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt, to obey the posted speed limit, and to use a designated driver if the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be in your plans. “Drunk driving is dangerous and not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else.  Remember the purpose and celebrate during the holiday period responsibly.  Always keep safety at the forefront of everything you will do,” he said.
     The highest number of traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the Memorial Day holiday weekend occurred in 2005 when 32 people were killed in holiday crashes. The lowest number was recorded in 1979 when 10 people were killed.  The Georgia Department of Transportation Crash Reporting Unit began keeping statistics on Memorial Day travel in 1969.


German butcher does it the old-fashioned way


    Frankfurt Doner & Meats owner Detley Werner and daughter Annette help customers at their downtown Ball Ground store. A spinning roast can be seen in the back corner behind the counter. Doners, a European dish similar to a Gyro, are made from thin slices of this meat.

  Detley Werner, the towering silver-headed butcher who owns Frankfurt Doner & Meats in Ball Ground, held his middle three fingers parallel to the floor for a quick lesson in selecting the choicest “unstressed” cuts.
    “If you get a pork chop and lay it over your fingers, if it droops down you don’t want it,” Werner explained with a thick German accent and a personality so big it rivals his stature. “If it is stiff and lays flat across, you don’t want it. You want it to fall on each side just a little.”


Roof upgrade donated to Jasper Police headquarters


Members of City of Jasper government, Global Restoration, GAF Materials and ABC Supply just prior to the Jasper Police Headquarter’s roof being torn off and upgraded.

     The City of Jasper Police headquarters on Dixie Street has just received a facelift, and thanks to two roofing supply companies and the organizational efforts of Global Restoration, the city’s new roof is “out of the 19th Century and into the 21st Century.”


The Believer’s Guide To Facebook

Ephesians 4:21-32  - The Believer’s Guide To Facebook
by Rev. Ben Mock, Mt. Zion Church

    Assuming that you really do have an account in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and have been friended by Christ, as He is the ultimate administrator of the whole universe,

    Close and delete your former profile, which was totally infected by spam and viruses and worms of your own making.

    And sign in to your updated new profile, created and authorized by the Savior, and filtered against malware 24/7. Remember to refresh your page during Quiet Time every day.

    Wherefore don’t post anything on your wall you haven’t fact checked, friending only those who respect everyone in your group, even strangers; for remember you can be tagged by anyone, anywhere, at any time.

    Be angry, but don’t post it: let not the sun go down on anything you have shared when in a bad mood; neither let the devil access your page. Do not confirm his friend request.

    Let him that has pirated and plagiarized and hacked any content or account pirate and plagiarize and hack no more; but rather let him acknowledge the source of all wholesome and useful quotes, keeping your news feed uplifting and encouraging, that you may have something good to say about those who have been targeted and victimized by Facebook jerks.

    Let no corrupted files enter into cyberspace through your portal, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace and scrubbed content unto the readers. Keep your tabs clear of all questionable material.

    And grieve not the Holy Administrator of social media, whereby you are firewalled and monitored unto the day of having all your history read by the whole world.

    Let all tasteless jokes, rude images, cyber-sniping, gossipy chat, and bullying, never be generated from your outbox, with all accountability.

    And be kind to your fellow bloggers, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. Remember, He is your fan, even though you have never done anything to deserve it.